Now that summer is creeping in slowly getting your baby used to water early in life makes sense not only from a safety point of view. Swimming is also great fun and good exercise. Tom Corcoran from Swimmable in Cape Town shares some advice on taking the plunge with your little one.
When can I start swimming with my baby?
Swimmable’s baby swimming lessons are available for babies from 6 weeks old, although it is recommended to start swimming lessons when the babies are 3 months and older. These are generally group baby sessions, with a maximum of 8 babies in each class, although private lessons are also available. Your baby will need to be accompanied in the water during swimming lessons - this can be you, your partner or even the baby's grandparents..
What will I need to take?
Top of the list will be reusable swim nappies and splash nappies. Accidents can happen! You'll also need to pack:
A bottle for after the swim if you are bottle-feeding.
A towel, preferably one with a hood, or a towelling dressing gown.
A snack if your baby has started solids. Swimming makes babies hungry.
Tell me about your facilities
The water at Swimmable’s pool is heated to between 30 and 32 degrees and is chlorine free, which makes it much kinder on you and your baby’s skin & eyes. Swimmable’s baby swimming lessons offer the latest Speedo learn-to-swim equipment and there are spacious changing rooms with baby changing mats.
We also have a waiting room and viewing area, with a coffee shop and free Wi-Fi. The Gardens Centre has ample onsite parking and excellent shops and cafes.
Who are your swim instructors?
Swimmable’s learn to swim instructors are all qualified and trained to STA standards, which is a UK organisation that is internationally recognised. Our teachers are experts at baby swim classes and have years of experience.
For more information or to sign up your child contact Swimmable directly: